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things I found out when I returned to diving

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by ASA400, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. ASA400

    ASA400 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Nevada
    Hi Guys!

    Sorry for the long post, but I think this might be of interest to some.

    Well, though I was certified in 1973 and dove frequently until 1990, I haven’t dove much since then and not at all from about 2000 till now. Last spring I decided to revive my interest in diving and, with the well wishes of my wife (who can’t stand even swimming, much less diving), embarked to regain equipment and do some diving.

    A couple of weeks ago, I took my refresher dive and then another dive into Lake Mojave, my first time diving in 11 years! Everything went well including finding out that it’s kind of riding a bicycle, you don’t forget all that much. My buoyancy was okay and weighting was about where I thought it should be. I had a great time! But there were a few things I had forgotten and decided to mention them on the wire so others who have just taken up the sport or have been out of it for a time will benefit from my experience.

    I have a little dry box that I keep my save-a-dive kit in, along with some other little items, directions to the dive computer, log book, sun screen and mask defogger. What I forgot:
    1) a comb (you really, really need one after a dive)
    2) another stick of chapstick (yes, take two, one WILL get lost)
    3) pencil (for the log book) and don’t bring a pen—a pencil will write on wet paper, pens won’t
    4) and finally, if you wear glasses or sunglasses, some kind of wipe for water spray (especially important if on the ocean)

    Be sure to use nail polish or some other waterproof paint to mark your name on your fins and tank unless they are very distinctive. At the end of the dive, everyone passes their fins up to whoever is in the boat and they may end up in a pile. Do you have any idea how many divers use Scubapro split fins today?

    Get a weight bag if you use integrated weights. Back when I stopped diving, most divers were still using weight belts (then we had to write our names on our weight belts, today, not so much). When you finished your dive, the weight belt could be put over a shoulder or clipped around your waist to carry around. But integrated weights in their little pouches don’t lend themselves to easy carry and leaving them in the bcd only makes an already heavy package even heavier.

    Speaking about weight, I had forgotten how heavy dive gear is (or maybe I was just much stronger back then!). The gear bag I still had was just a large bag, with no wheels and no shoulder straps. Lifting that thing up with sheer arm strength was really a problem. The new gear bag I just bought has both shoulder straps and wheels. And the wheels have lugs in them (smooth wheels tend to slid on shallow sand, not turn, so you end up with a kind of sled rather than a roller)

    Overall, I had a great time, one that I’m repeating this next weekend, with the exceptions noted above. I hope to get out of the lake and back into the ocean as soon as I get a new wetsuit but until then, I’m happy to get more experiences in whatever water I can jump into.

    RTee likes this.
  2. RTee

    RTee Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ottawa, ON
    Well, I am happy for you. Went through something fairly similar myself...first qualified in 78 when I had hair and mustache, then stopped because of a multitude of reasons (married, pursuing a myriad of hobbies, flying, etc). I then resumed serious diving in Mar 09 and since then I have put 250 dives under my belt, reacquired updated equipment and pursued several certifications I was after, met a great life and dive buddy, met a great bunch of divers locally and elesewhere and dedicated quality time to diving destinations. I appreciate the fact of you mentionning your mini save a dive kit as I intend to build a small one for my upcoming trip to Bonaire in Feb 2012. While it may not be contained in a drybox per se, I do intend to replace the comb (not everybody needs one BTW) by a skull cap and bring chap stick as well.
  3. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    All good stuff. One other thing I do is for a boat dive I keep the log book in the car and get it signed when the day is done. I take a jar with small pencil/paper in it on the boat to jot down the info.--air pressures, depths, etc. This keeps the log book dry. In the jar I also keep folded copies of rescue procedures (info.forms) and of air & nitrox tables (don't really need them on the dive as I pretty much have them memorized). If my computer failed, I would have the tables to plan dive #2.
  4. ASA400

    ASA400 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Nevada
    My log book is in the dry box, so I don't have to worry about it getting soaked. You reminded me of one other thing I forgot, but will now do. Keep a copy of emergency numbers in the dry box in case someone needs to be gotten ahold of. Thanks for the thought nudge!

  5. EnjoyTheSilence

    EnjoyTheSilence Registered

    All the gear is the big minus of this sport indeed. Before a dive I sometimes think: "Why the heck am I doing this stuff."?
    All the preparations, carrying. I sometimes get a little feeling of claustrophobia putting the tight wetsuit on and pulling the hood over the head.
    But as soon as your down the surface you get nice and calm. Floating around and almost feeling weightless..

    I also did a big break in my diving. I took my cert in 1997 but during the years rock climbing become my first priorety untill i broke my knee in a fall accident.
    In climbing there can be a lot of striving and stuff. Climbing longer routs. Climbing harder routs and things like that.

    Diving is more laidback.
    To me its all about being curious. Diving on a new place you never been to before.
    Just have a look whats down below the surface..

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